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Why ‘Blinded by the Light’ and ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Opened Wide

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Two wide releases from top directors with appeal to adult audiences are specialty films, even if their distributors opted to open them in over 2,000 theaters. Warner Bros. had strong reasons for wide-releasing New Line Cinema’s Bruce Springsteen-infused Sundance pickup “Blinded by the Light” this weekend, as did United Artists with Annapurna’s long-delayed Cate Blanchett vehicle “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

The question is how to find audiences for these films, as studios and indies alike wrestle with deeply rooted issues in today’s theatrical market. Even Sony Pictures Classics, which has pivoted to documentaries, found a weak initial arthouse audience for fast-frame-rate “Aquarela,” despite top-end reviews and theaters.

In wider release, “The Farewell” (A24) continues to add to its impressive totals. So does Roadside Attractions’ crowdpleasing “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which showed a strong second weekend with non-specialized audiences as a key element.

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Blinded by the Light (Warner Bros.
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All 21 Richard Linklater Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)

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All 21 Richard Linklater Movies Ranked, From Worst to Best (Photos)
With “Last Flag Flying” arriving in theaters, we’re taking on the not-so-simple task of ranking the movies of genre-hopping director Richard Linklater. The top titles on this list could rightfully be called modern classics, but every one of his films somehow evokes the heartfelt philosophy of his hypnotic “Waking Life”: human interaction is the highest form of spiritual communion.

20. “Bad News Bears” (2005)

The 1976 original was a true product of its time, with an all-star lineup led by Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal, but this unnecessary remake just felt like it was trying too hard. By 2005, the sight of an aggressively un-pc Little League coach (Billy Bob Thornton) encouraging outrageous behavior in his young team seemed less subversive than sad.

19. “Fast Food Nation” (2006)

When truth is stranger than fiction, why turn it into fiction? Linklater admirably attempted to create a multi-course meal out of Eric Schlosser’s bestselling book,
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Listen to an Exclusive From the ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Soundtrack

Listen to an Exclusive From the ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Soundtrack
Richard Linklater‘s Where’d You Go, Bernadette reunites the filmmaker with Graham Reynolds, a composer who provided music for Linklater’s films Before Midnight, Bernie, Last Flag Flying and more. Ahead of the film’s release next month, we’re debuting an exclusive from the Where’d You Go, Bernadette soundtrack. Hear it below. Where’d You Go Bernadette Soundtrack Lakeshore Records will release the Where’d […]

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Amazon Studios Faces a ‘Late Night’ Disaster, Bob Berney’s Exit, and Bidding-War Realities

Amazon Studios Faces a ‘Late Night’ Disaster, Bob Berney’s Exit, and Bidding-War Realities
This week, Amazon Studios became a standard-bearer for the issue impacting every specialized distributor: Exactly how is it supposed to get people to watch their movies?

Exhibit A is the failure of “Late Night,” for which Amazon paid $13 million in North American rights. With 2,200 screens in its second week, the well-reviewed “Late Night” saw a per-screen average of $2,367, and will likely end its run at or near $20 million.

Exhibit B is the exit of Bob Berney, head of Amazon Studios’ marketing and distribution. He decided that when his four-year contract expired on June 15, it was the right time to leave. “I fulfilled my deal and we did some great stuff,” he told IndieWire. “I am proud of the team. I want to move on. I’ve done everything I think I can do there.”

Already, Salke is making moves to right the ship. Although Amazon launched declaring its intent to honor traditional theatrical windows,
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Amazon Studios Faces a ‘Late Night’ Disaster, Bob Berney’s Exit, and Bidding-War Realities

Amazon Studios Faces a ‘Late Night’ Disaster, Bob Berney’s Exit, and Bidding-War Realities
This week, Amazon Studios became a standard-bearer for the issue impacting every specialized distributor: Exactly how is it supposed to get people to watch their movies?

Exhibit A is the failure of “Late Night,” for which Amazon paid $13 million in North American rights. With 2,200 screens in its second week, the well-reviewed “Late Night” saw a per-screen average of $2,367, and will likely end its run at or near $20 million.

Exhibit B is the exit of Bob Berney, head of Amazon Studios’ marketing and distribution. He decided that when his four-year contract expired on June 15, it was the right time to leave. “I fulfilled my deal and we did some great stuff,” he told IndieWire. “I am proud of the team. I want to move on. I’ve done everything I think I can do there.”

Already, Salke is making moves to right the ship. Although Amazon launched declaring its intent to honor traditional theatrical windows,
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Cicely Tyson Inks With CAA

Cicely Tyson Inks With CAA
Hollywood icon and multiple award-winner Cicely Tyson has signed with CAA for agency representation, while she continues to be managed by her longtime manager, Larry Thompson.

With a career spanning over six decades, Tyson has solidified her standing as of one of Hollywood’s most revered performers. The fashion model-turned-actress breakout role came in the 1972’s Sounder, which earned her an Oscar and Golden Globe award nom for best actress. She followed that up with memorable turns in films such as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Help, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and most recently Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying. She also received an Honorary Oscar at the Motion Picture Academy’s Governors Awards in 2018.

On the TV side, Tyson nabbed her first and second Emmy in 1974 for The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman television movie. Other credits include the original Roots miniseries,
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Bryan Cranston to Star in Showtime Limited Series ‘Your Honor’

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Bryan Cranston to Star in Showtime Limited Series ‘Your Honor’
Bryan Cranston has signed on for the lead role in the upcoming Showtime limited series “Your Honor,” Variety has learned.

Cranston will also serve as executive producer on the 10-episode series, described as a legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society. Cranston will star as a respected judge whose son is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. The series is based on the Israeli series “Kvodo,” which was created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach, produced by Ram Landes, airs on the country’s Yes TV and is produced by yesStudios.

Peter Moffat will serve as showrunner on “Your Honor” in addition to writing multiple episodes, including the first episode. Robert and Michelle King will also executive produce via their King Size Productions banner along with Liz Glotzer, Alon Aranya and Rob Golenberg of Scripted World,
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Going Straight: Seven Great Comedy Actors Who Turned Dramatic

Freda Cooper with seven great comedy actors who turned dramatic…

According to most actors, comedy is harder than drama, so finding that stars best known for giving us the giggles have played against type with huge success isn’t a big surprise. The latest in the line of screen actors who cut their teeth on making us laugh but made the switch to something more straight faced is Melissa McCarthy. Forever associated with her outrageous breakout role in Bridesmaids, she plays real life writer/forger Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me and the UK gets to see her Oscar-nominated performance when the film opens on Friday.

She’s in stellar company. Here’s others who’ve followed that tradition of starting out as comedians or comic actors and then playing it straight …..

Steve Carell

With no less than three films currently in British cinemas to demonstrate his versatility as a dramatic actor,
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Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Pushed 5 Months

  • The Wrap
Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Pushed 5 Months
Cate Blanchett’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” has been pushed five months from March 22 to August 9, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Annapurna spokesperson Ashley Momtaheni told TheWrap that the move can be credited to August being a great month to release female-skewing films, as “Crazy Rich Asians” and “Florence Foster Jenkins” have shown. After a summer full of action films and sequels, opening this film in August will be a refreshing change.

Richard Linklater directs the film about a Seattle woman who has it all, including a loving husband and a brilliant daughter, but when she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.

See Video: Cate Blanchett Does a Disappearing Act in 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette?' First Trailer

Linklater wrote the screenplay, his follow-up to “Last Flag Flying,” with Holly Gent and
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Cate Blanchett’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ Moved Back to August

  • Variety
Annapurna Pictures has moved its Richard Linklater literary adaptation “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett back five months from March 22 to an Aug. 9 release.

A rep for Annapurna explained that August has served well as a launching pad for release of female-skewing films such as “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and “Julie and Julia.” Additionally, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” will offer a change of pace following a summer of sequels and action movies.

Blanchett stars in the title role along with Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoë Chao and Laurence Fishburne. Linklater co-wrote with Holly Gent, Vincent Palmo Jr., Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter. Producers are Megan Ellison, Nina Jacobson, Bradford Simpson, and Ginger Sledge

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” is based upon the 2012 novel by Maria Semple. It follows the architect Bernadette Fox who goes missing just
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Cate Blanchett Does a Disappearing Act in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ First Trailer (Video)

  • The Wrap
Cate Blanchett Does a Disappearing Act in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ First Trailer (Video)
Poof! Cate Blanchett vanishes into thin air in the first trailer for “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” And this family story is so heartwarming, you might just die of cuteness.

“Well, I want to die of cuteness. It’s my favorite thing to die of cuteness,” Blanchett says with a pout in the trailer.

Richard Linklater directs the film about a Seattle woman who has it all, including a loving husband and a brilliant daughter, but when she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure to solve the mystery of where she might have gone.

Also Read: 'Dazed and Confused' Stars: Where Are They Now? (Photos)

Linklater wrote the screenplay, his follow-up to “Last Flag Flying,” with Holly Gent and Vince Palmo based on Maria Semple’s “runaway” best-selling novel of the same name, originally released in 2012 and acquired by Annapurna from Color Force in
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Cate Blanchett Goes Missing in First Trailer for Richard Linklater’s ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’

His last film Last Flag Flying went flying under the radar, but Richard Linklater is back in 2019 with Cate Blanchett, who is leading his adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Narrated by the 15-year-old-daughter of an agoraphobic architect named Bernadette Branch, the story follows her as she goes missing prior to a family trip to Antarctica.

Once set for a May 2018 release, the pushed to this fall, it’s now finally set to arrive this March and Annapurna Pictures have debuted the first trailer. Also starring Billy Crudup, Emma Nelson, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, Laurence Fishburne, Troian Bellisario, and James Urbaniak, see the trailer below.

Where’D You Go, Bernadette is based on the runaway bestseller about Bernadette Fox, a Seattle woman who had it all – a loving husband and a brilliant daughter. When she unexpectedly disappears, her family sets off on an exciting adventure
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‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ First Trailer: Cate Blanchett Goes Missing in Richard Linklater Mystery

‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ First Trailer: Cate Blanchett Goes Missing in Richard Linklater Mystery
After the modest results of his 2017 drama “Last Flag Flying,” Richard Linklater is set to return in a big way next year with none other than Cate Blanchett. The two have teamed up for an adaptation of Maria Semple’s 2012 novel “Where’d You, Bernadette.” Both Linklater and Blanchett have been attached to the film since November 2015, which makes next year’s release from Annapurna Pictures a long time coming for the mystery comedy.

“Where’d You Go, Bernadette” stars Blanchett as an agoraphobic architect who goes missing, leaving her 15-year-old daughter with no choice but to journey out and investigate her disappearance. Emma Nelson is starring as the daughter, Bee, while the supporting cast also includes Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Judy Greer, James Urbaniak, and Troian Bellisario. Linklater punched up the script, originally written by “The Spectacular Now” and “The Disaster Artist” Oscar nominees Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter.
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Cate Blanchett Disappears in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ First Trailer

  • Variety
Cate Blanchett Disappears in ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette’ First Trailer
Cate Blanchett goes missing in the first trailer for Richard Linklater’s latest film, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette.”

Based on Maria Semple’s 2012 novel, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” follows agoraphobic architect Bernadette Fox (Blanchett), who disappears just before a family trip to Antarctica.

“Something unexpected has come up,” Blanchett’s character says on the phone. “It has much more explanation coming, but I have this one shot.”

Her daughter, Bee Branch (Emma Nelson), narrates the story as she investigates her mother’s absence, sharing her findings through a series of documents that includes emails, memos, and transcripts.

Linklater, best known for “Boyhood,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Before Sunrise,” also penned the film’s screenplay alongside Holly Gent Palmo and Vincent Palmo Jr. Linklater has directed 20 films, including last year’s “Last Flag Flying” and “Everybody Wants Some!!!” Megan Ellison’s Annapurna and Nina Jacobson’s Color Force acquired
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Watch: Steve Carell Tries to Be Funny Again in ‘SNL’ Promo

Steve Carell is the host of Saturday Night Live this weekend, but he’s having a bit of trouble finding his funny bone again in the delightful promo for the episode. If you don’t count the Despicable Me films, it’s been five years since Carell starred in a fully fledged comedy—the outlandish Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The actor has instead been stretching his dramatic chops to incredible results in films like Foxcatcher, Last Flag Flying, and most recently Beautiful Boy, which is what he’s promoting on SNL in addition to his upcoming turn as Donald …
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Richard Linklater to Write and Direct Bill Hicks Biopic

Tony Sokol Oct 25, 2018

Go back to bed, America. Late cult comic Bill Hicks' true roots are exposed as Richard Linklater bares his own.

"Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye," early alternative comedian Bill Hicks observed, probably on a televised special. Movies are a different story, and filmmaker Richard Linklater, who took over ten years to make one coming-of-age flick, is a different kind of director. The Oscar-winnng director of Boyhood will develop, write and direct a movie about Hicks for Focus Features, according to Collider.

This is a passion project for Linklater. Both he and Hicks grew up in Houston, Linklater’s older brother went to the same school as Hicks, and the director has said he regretted he and the comedian never got to work together. According to reports, Hicks was a fan of Linklater’s Dazed And Confused, whichcame out a
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Richard Linklater Directing Biopic on Comedian Bill Hicks for Focus

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Richard Linklater Directing Biopic on Comedian Bill Hicks for Focus
Richard Linklater will write and direct an untitled film based on the life of comedian Bill Hicks for Focus Features.

Hicks was raised as a Southern Baptist and began performing comedy in the late 1970s in Texas. He toured extensively during the 1980s, specializing in dark humor and social commentary. A typical joke: “I never got along with my dad. Kids used to come up to me and say, ‘My dad can beat up your dad.’ I’d say ‘Yeah? When?'”

Hicks died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. Linklater has said publicly that he regretted that he was not able to work with Hicks, who was a fan of Linklater’s Texas-based coming-of-age movie “Dazed and Confused.”

Hicks was the subject of a 2009 documentary “American: The Bill Hicks Story.” The film, which was screened at SXSW, was produced by Matt Harlock and Paul Thomas, and featured
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Bryan Cranston Shares His Two Rules for Starring in a Superhero Blockbuster

Bryan Cranston Shares His Two Rules for Starring in a Superhero Blockbuster
Bryan Cranston has yet to join a comic book blockbuster, but he’s not entirely opposed to the idea. The actor recently told Screen Geek that he has long considered playing the X-Men mutant Mister Sinister should the Fox-owned Marvel franchise ever introduce the character. Cranston said Mister Sinister checks off the two boxes he requires in order to sign on for a superhero film.

“I want to play an antagonist a fraction smarter than the protagonist, never dumbed down to give the hero an easy win,” Cranston said. “That’s frustrating and boring to watch.”

As for the second stipulation, requirement: “I don’t want to do a character that has been done several times before. I don’t want to be compared like, ‘Well, his Commissioner Gordon was yada yada yada.’ I don’t want to do that. I want to take something that hasn’t been done.
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New York Film Festival’s 56th Edition Showcases Lauded Venice Trio And Another Eclectic Global Lineup

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New York Film Festival’s 56th Edition Showcases Lauded Venice Trio And Another Eclectic Global Lineup
The New York Film Festival lifts the curtain on its 56th edition tonight, with its three tentpole slots devoted to Venice prize winners The Favourite, Roma and At Eternity’s Gate, surrounded by the usual array of eclectic, curated titles from near and far.

Since its debut in 1963, against a backdrop of wildly fluctuating festivals jockeying for supremacy, and a downtown counterpart rising in Tribeca, the Nyff has remained remarkably consistent apart from a major renovation of Lincoln Center. At times over the years, that steady trajectory has struck some regulars as something verging on complacency, but in a culture and film industry marked by upheaval, staying the course has come to be a virtue.

“The great thing about the festival is that it’s always been allowed to stick to the mission of programming,” director Kent Jones told Deadline in an interview. “There’s no pressure from anyone to
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Amazon Studios confirms push into bigger budget films, promotes Julie Rapaport

Slate includes Lucy And Desi, Union.

Seeking to broaden its reach and champion bigger budget films with broader appeal alongside the existing art house slate, Amazon Studios has promoted Julie Rapaport to co-head of movies.

In her role, Rapaport will work alongside fellow interim co-heads Ted Hope and Matt Newman. All three report to head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke. Meanwhile the search goes on to replace Amazon Studios worldwide head of the motion picture group Jason Ropell, who left the company recently.

Rapaport will lead a new division focused on expanding the current film slate with higher budget films
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